“Brace yourselves for a warmer summer this year”, suggests IMD

International Meteorological Department (IMD) has advised the people to stay prepared for a warmer summer this year. Studies suggest that maximum and minimum temperatures in northern and western parts of Rajasthan would be experiencing a higher rise in temperature from the previous years. April to June will witness a rise of about 0.5°C to 1°C from the average temperature recorded in the last few years.

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The situation is going to be severe in the western parts of the state including Jaisalmer, Barmer, and Jodhpur. On Sunday, IMD announced that the minimum and mean temperatures in the state are already above normal by 1°C. With the maximum temperature of 42.4°C, Chittorgarh was the hottest city in the state followed by Kota and Sawai Madhopur where a maximum temperature of 42.3°C was recorded.

“The current climatic pattern despite minor dust storms and rainfall, clearly suggests a rise of up to 4°C in the temperature from April to June across the state. Western and eastern parts of the state including Barmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bharatpur, and Alwar are going to get higher maximum temperatures compared to 2018,” said an officer from IMD, Delhi.

Many places in Rajasthan are likely to get their maximum temperatures up to 44°C. The maximum temperatures recorded in different cities were:

  • Jodhpur – 40.9°C
  • Barmer and Ajmer – 40.5°C
  • Udaipur – 40.4°C
  • Churu – 40.0°C
  • Bikaner – 39.8°C

Jaipurities woke up to a comparatively warmer morning with a temperature of 25.8°C, almost four degrees above the normal recorded temperature. It was followed by a hot afternoon where a maximum temperature of 39.8°C was recorded.

The forecast from Jaipur MET office suggested that a minor relief is likely to be expected in some parts of eastern and northern Rajasthan as there is a possibility of the dust storm and rainfall.